TEAM SPECIALLY TRAINED ASSISTANT REFEREES
(Team S.T.A.R.s) All Teams must provide one volunteer adult who serves as an assistant referee to help at each game. The parent acting as Assistant Referee will still be able to watch the game - and will get the added advantages of being able to help out to make the experience better for the kids, getting a little exercise and getting a front row view. Training is in two parts: Online Modules and In-Person Field Training.
NEW TEAM S.T.A.R.s
- Sign Up online as your team S.T.A.R. indicating that you are a new specially trained assistant referee / club lines person.
- Complete the US Soccer Online Training Modules
- IMPORTANT : Save the module completion as an image or PDF and email to sfysSTAR@sfyouthsoccer.com
- Physical field trainings required for the Fall 2021 S.T.A.R. program requirements
- Those who completed online training only for Fall 2023 or Spring 2024 are required to complete field training.
RETURNING TEAM S.T.A.R.s
- If you were a S.T.A.R. for your team and are planning to be the S.T.A.R. this year as well, thank you! Make sure that you or your team manager declares you as Team S.T.A.R., by sending your previous training date / credentials to sfysSTAR@sfyouthsoccer.com; no further action is required!
- Check with your team to make sure you have your flag & whistle. (Replacement flag available for $10 each from SFYS office @
- 1434 Taraval @ 24th, San Francisco, CA 94116)
Who Can Volunteer?
The volunteer must be an adult (over the age of 18) and not the coach or assistant coach of the team. Exception: If a team has a volunteer who is a currently licensed referee and who expects to attend most games, this person can serve in this role. A team may have more than one parent attend the course if they want.
Do S.T.A.R parents have to be Live Scanned?
Great question. The answer is no, unless that person is also on the roster as team staff (Team Manager or Trainer, for example).
What are the exact dates of the trainings?
Trainings occur in the winter before Spring season commences and in the summer before Fall season commences. We have to coordinate with SF Park & Rec to confirm our dates, since they have to grant us access to fields for the training. The dates will be posted above at right.
What happens if your Team S.T.A.R. is not available or out of town during the game?
Only one parent per team needs to be officially trained, but any soccer-knowledgable parent can do the job. Either have the S.T.A.R. share the training and/or have a soccer-knowledgable parent do the job that day. (On many teams, multiple parents rotate so one person isn't always responsible.)
- Resource : Nine Things Volunteer Asst. Refs Need to Know
What information do I need to provide to verify my S.T.A.R. parent?
You just need the name of your parent volunteer entered into the S.T.A.R. Registration Form prior to league play. During the season the S.T.A.R. is responsible for introducing themselves to the referee prior to the start of the match so that the referee can verify participation in their match report. A team is found noncompliant when they do not provide anybody to the role of S.T.A.R. during a match (trained or untrained) on more than 2 matches over a season. We'll be checking at summer's end (before Fall) and post season of Fall (before Spring).
There is a Financial Penalty for the season of $300 for teams that do not comply with the S.T.A.R. Program.
LEARN MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE S.T.A.R PROGRAM BELOW:
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